It is a great Joy to see RU work extremely well in a Rescue Mission setting.
This is a testimony that I was given permission to share. People, who know Wyatt are wondering what change he’s made and how this transformation is possible? This reminds us all that “with God, all things are possible.”
My childhood was full of emotional neglect and abuse from my parents.
At the age of 8, I was thrown out of my bedroom by my mother so she could operate a pornographic website that sold sex toys and matched people online to have sex. All throughout elementary school, I suffered from extreme isolation due to awkward social skills, lack of self-confidence, and willingness to be alone. Throughout my early adult years, I started to break out of my shell and started to amass success. I helped friends build their companies, I was working in commissioned sales, and I went to college. I was at my highest point in 2015 when I made the most amount of money in my life. Throughout all that time, I still suffered from isolation and social awkwardness. I brushed it off because I was becoming what I thought was successful.
On July 20th, 2016, all of that began to change.
I suffered from a major depression mental breakdown. From July 20th to November 24th, 2016, all I did was lie on the couch wondering whether I should finally end my life or not. On November 24th, I attempted to commit suicide by taking a chef’s knife and slitting my wrists to bleed out to death. My roommate was able to stop me in the nick of time and told me I could not live with him anymore. On November 26th, 2016, he dropped me off in front of a place called Good News Ministries. He told me that place could really help me. My first impression was fear that I was going to be killed by a crazy person in my sleep. I first noticed that it was extremely religious. Since I was raised to be an atheist so I thought this was going to be a nightmare. As the next few weeks went on, I was introduced to RU Recovery Ministries. That, along with the daily Bible studies and church services made want to seek out God. I started reading the gospel of John. After a week of reading it, I didn’t think much of it. I now know that without the Holy Spirit, it’s impossible to truly understand the Word of God.
I no longer wanted to be who I was anymore.
On December 25th, 2016, Good News Ministries decided to take all the clients to a buffet for dinner. Unfortunately, that was a terrible experience for me because I’m a compulsive overeater and it was torture to only eat one plate of food. Plus I had been working on losing weight since Thanksgiving. When we arrived back at the mission, Morris Hunsucker, Chaplain Director had his grandchildren sing Christmas songs and he preached a message titled “The Five Stages of Christmas” recalling his own experiences. Throughout that message, I was crying in my head, I no longer wanted to be who I was anymore. Most of all, I hated my life because I had lost everything and I’m now living in a homeless shelter. Bro. Morris asked us to go in prayer and asked if anyone who wanted to be saved to please raise their hand. My hand went straight up into the air. I would like to say I got saved on Christmas night but it did not happen. I actually got saved December 26th, 2016. It was 9:00 pm and I was lying in my bed. I read Romans 3:23, 6:23 and 10:9-10. I said to myself, this is the time. It was time to give my life over to Christ, to be a new creation and live a new life in His name. I lifted my hands and prayed to God that I was sorry for being such a sinner. Furthermore, I believed with all my heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and His blood has paid for my sins. I called upon the name of the Lord that night to be saved.
As of January 13th, 2017, I can say that I am a new creation in Christ.
As a result, I lost 20lbs, and am restarting my real estate business, I’m also attending RU and completing challenges. In addition, I’m writing in my RU journal every day, reading a chapter of Proverbs and including the gospel of John once again. Reading through John again has really opened my eyes. I’m becoming more aware that my fleshy nature still wants to sin. The difference now is I have the Holy Spirit to help me fight the temptations of the flesh daily and strive to become more like Christ. I’m very grateful for this program and that the Truth will set me free….Finally.